Welcome to WWTC!
Welcome to Wes Watkins Technology Center! Since 1987, WWTC has been helping area residents achieve their career goals and improve their way of life.
WWTC is dedicated to helping every student succeed. Well-equipped classrooms and computer labs enhance the student's learning capabilities. Our district serves portions of four counties: Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Hughes, and McIntosh, which include ten partner schools.
WWTC offers 42 career majors under 6 different career clusters. High schools students who attend the technology center can take advantage of our math and science classes.
WWTC is a proud member of Oklahoma's distinquished CareerTech system. We are recognized by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers as a 21-time winner of the prestigious Gold Star School Designation, and is one of only 5 schools in the nation to receive the first Gold Improvement Award from the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) initiative.
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WWTC Millage Election Information
(first of a series of three letters to you regarding November 4, millage levy election)
October 22, 2014
Letter One, Create and Expand Programs and Services for Students
Letter to Wes Watkins Technology Center District,
Voters of the Wes Watkins Technology Center district have the opportunity to approve a millage levy on November 4, to create and expand programs and services for students. The 5 mill levy will add programs to give local high school and adult students opportunities to learn high-demand technology-driven skills to help them have wealth-building careers. Currently, WWTC has to turn away students, because we do not have enough programs to meet the growing demand. We need to add more programs in order to accept more students.
New programs added will be high wage earning programs such as a welding fabrication center preparing students to be pipeline certified welders. The welding center, operational year round, will provide day and evening classes for students preparing to pass the state pipeline test and current welders seeking new certifications. The welding center will also include specialization in aluminum. Additionally, WWTC will add a high wage health program needed in our area, and expand the biomedical science academy STEM program adding classes in chemistry & engineering.
We have an obligation to assure student safety and security, and provide safe reliable buses for our children. Presently, we do not have a storm shelter or safe room on our campus in the event of a severe storm or emergency. The tech center would be eligible to apply for a FEMA grant to build the needed safe room if voters approve the millage levy. The safe room will be a multi-purpose facility allowing WWTC to house a safety training facility for local companies, volunteer firefighters, and police. A much needed campus surveillance system for safety of students and critical upgrade to our aging bus fleet will also be funded by approval of the millage levy.
The technology center has been operating without a building fund, keeping WWTC from adding programs to serve students. A building fund is the best avenue to allow WWTC to create and expand programs and services. Currently, the only millage for Wes Watkins Technology Center is the original general fund millage passed in 1987, when Wes Watkins Technology Center was established. The cost of the proposed millage levy for a home valued at $60,000 is $28 a year with homestead exemption, $33 a year without homestead exemption according to our local county assessors.
This election is about investing in our kids, building a stronger local economy, creating a workforce to bring jobs here and keep our children home. Wes Watkins Technology Center teaches valuable skills providing our children a competitive advantage when they graduate and are competing for the best jobs. For more information about the millage levy contact me at 405-452-5568.
Wade Walling, Superintendent
Wes Watkins Technology Center